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Love tiny spaces with big style? Get hitched with an airstream. Check out the before and after photos of the airstream by Lynne Knowlton!

Love tiny spaces with big style? Get hitched with an airstream. Check out the before and after photos of the airstream by Lynne Knowlton!

See more of the airstream renovation on lynneknowlton.com #HappyCamperAirstream

Love airstreams? Click on the photo to see the before and after transformation of a vintage 1976 31 ft airstream!  

The airstream is currently being featured at The Home Show in Toronto, Sept 23-25.

This page is full of more ‘deets’ details about the airstream renovation.  I hope you get inspired to design small spaces with big style too!  I’ll show you how!

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Check out the restoration of the 1976 vintage airstream with before and after photos. A real stunner!

 


Q.   Tell me more about your airstream renovation.   I love to see before and after photos. 

 

A.   I added about 643947436 photos of the airstream here on the blog… and yet the before and after photos are on this page.  They are the real inside scoop!  Get ready, you may need a barf bucket.   I lie. I lie.  The airstream in it’s original state was still a thing of beauty in my eyes.  I could see the potential because it had good ‘bones’.  The one thing to look for when buying an airstream is to ensure that the subfloor is dry and free of rot.

 

Love airstreams? Click on the photo to see the before and after transformation of a vintage 1976 31 ft airstream!    Check out the restoration of the 1976 vintage airstream with before and after photos. A real stunner!


Q.   Why did you remove the centre cabinetry of the airstream?  

A.   An airstream renovation is inspiring and harrowing all at once!  It was a scary thought to remove so many walls and cabinets.  When renovating small spaces, the goal is to try to lighten it, brighten it and make it feel open & airy.

When we removed all the brown cabinetry, it was a game changer in creating a light and airy space.

Check it out….

Check out the restoration of the 1976 vintage airstream with before and after photos. A real stunner!    The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com


Q.  Why white?  Seems like risky business for a trailer.

A.   Simple design is my jam, espesh when it comes to white on white. I have a thing about white and the staggering simplicity it brings to a space.

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I don’t do brown but white paint, gold faucets & simply beautiful spaces are my three amigos.

 

White works.  It’s no longer a weird looking 1976 brown aluminum bullet.  Truth is, I was in a paint coma, painting the interior SIMPLY WHITE for 2 months.   Everything that wasn’t moving was painted white… white… and more white.   White seems to be the answer to all my renovation problems. 🙂

PS.  I do pop in colour with throw pillows, art and decor.  Why?  It makes the space super easy to change up with the seasons or if you get tired of the space.

White gives you a nice blank canvas to work from.

It's hard to believe from this photo.. what a transformation can happen with a vintage airstream! Click on the photo to see the before and after pics of the gorgeous airstream now!!     Love airstreams? Click on the photo to see the before and after transformation of a vintage 1976 31 ft airstream!


Q.  White?!!!!  How do you keep it clean?!!!

A.   We have four kids, we rent the airstream to guests and it yet it all is quite easy to keep clean.  I find linen duvets and pillow cases are quite durable and easy to bleach/clean.  We even use these linen tea towels in the airstream.  They get even better with age. ADORE.

I use these linen curtains in my home (ohhhhh how I love them, and the Etsy seller too!) and these ones as well.  For the airstream, Tonic Living made custom white linen curtains for us.  Flip. LOVE.

The paint on the walls and cabinetry is wipeable and durable.  The floor is an easy mop clean up.

Boom. Done.

The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com    The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com


Q.  What style of airstream did you buy?

A.   When we first purchased the 1976 31′ Sovereign International Land Yacht, the overall design was zactly what I was looking for.  It has a center bath configuration, and surprisingly.. most airstreams have a bathroom at the very back.   I consider it a super cool feature when you don’t have to walk through  the bedroom to get to a bathroom.  Priorities, sista.

 

The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com    The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com

 

Q.  How did you do it?   No really.  Howwwwww?!

A.   The process of renovating any small space is to maximize the minimal space with small space living ideas.  

Begin Anywhere.

 

The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com    Love airstreams? Click on the photo to see the before and after transformation of a vintage 1976 31 ft airstream!

 

The journey of looking for an airstream was a long one.  We searched for two years for the perfect one.  We wanted an airstream that had great potential but not one that had been totally gutted.  Some are like time capsules, still stuck in the era that they were born in.  I love that.  It gives you a chance to save vintage elements and yet modernize the important things like faucets and toilets.

Keeping it real.. keeping it real… toilet talk and all.

The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com

 

Airstream dreams

I told every single soul that I knew that I had a dream of buying an airstream.  Airstreams have such character and 60% of them are still on the road today.  They’ve been making Airstreams since 1931!  Holy batman!!  Impressive!

One day, a friend had called me and said… “You’ll never guess what I just saw for sale. Never guess. Nevah evahhh”

Three guesses. The first two don’t count.

It was love at first sight.  Boom.  I was sold.

PS.  If you are going to invest in a trailer, have an end in mind.  Mine end in mind was obvs.

White.

Love airstreams? Click on the photo to see the before and after transformation of a vintage 1976 31 ft airstream!

 

 

Q.   With all the choices on the market, why an airstream?  

A.  I’m a big wuss when it comes to sleeping outdoors but I could imagine hitting the open road in an airstream .. no public washrooms… board games…soft fluffy linens…essential oils diffusing lightly in the air…. hours of nothing but conversation.  These things are my jam.   A total smile on the dial.   It’s the little things in life that really get my motor running.  Candles.  Playing Cards.  New friends. Great music.  Cold Beer.  Airstream vibes.  Sorry I said vibes.  Was that awkward?  Don’t leave.  Airstreams are a good boho love fest.  Weirder? Okay. Stopping now.

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Q.  How long did it take to renovate the airstream?   Where did you spend money, save money? 

A.   I imagined it would take a month for our dream to take shape.  It took 6 months.  Maybe longer.  Definitely longer.  It’s still happening. LOL…. annnnnd some things were extraordinarily expensive! Barf.

Some things were really cost efficient too.   Like paint.  Paint is a small price to pay for a big change.   We primed every surface with a primer that is meant for metal, glass, wood, everything and anything.  Then we painted everything simply white from Benjamin Moore.

The big bananas were spent on polishing ( it takes 200-400 hours to polish an airstream exterior to a mirror like finish.

After we finally made that happen…we parked it on the pond and napped for 47347 hours to recuperate.    This is actually the home where we park our airstream for most of the year.

~  In our backyard ~

PS.  There are frogs in there.  We aren’t talking about that. 😂

The before photo of a 1976 vintage airstream, transformed with white paint, gold accents and gorgeous home decor. A must see! Click on the photo to see more. Airstream by Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want to Live www.lynneknowlton.com


Q.  How do we see the photos with the inside scoop and deets?

 

  • Sign up to the blog to follow our road trip.  Our next journey is to take the airstream into the United States for a winter road trip!!! <— freaking out with excitement.  We are currently working on a bucket list for my hubby Michael.  He was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.   You can read more about that here. xo

 

  • See more airstream photos on the blog here.
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Resources:

Champagne Bronze Trinsic Faucet by Delta Faucet Canada

Wallpaper // Gold Knots by Hygge and West

Hanging planter is from Urban Gardener in Toronto!

Flock circa throw pillows // White linen curtains //  Turkish towels by Tonic Living, Toronto Ontario

Flooring //  Ecolay EZlay vinyl flooring… no glue required for installation.

Countertops // Formica in glossy white.   We made them by cutting MDF to size, and gluing glossy white formica on top.

Brass plated drawer hardware // Lee Valley

Simply White cabinet paint … we used the same paint on the custom cabinetry & walls // Benjamin Moore

Shop the airstream here:

Mwah!  Happy glamping!!

Lynne

 

PS.  Don’t forget to enter your email for a chance to win a delta faucet and leave a comment below letting me know which faucet you love!  Any questions about glamping/airstream life?   Ask away… xoxox….  I’m here to help and SIP wine.  Did I mention the sipping part? SIP.



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  1. Mona Q says:

    Absolutely love the Champagne Bronze Trinsic Faucet by Delta Faucet Canada that you used in the AirStream. Adds a sophisticated pop of colour to the main white palette which makes the faucet stand out and looks super chic! Very unique!

  2. Mark LaCoste says:

    Stepped back in time and then leaped foward in a second on entering the Airstream today. What a gem. Heard lots of oohs and wows as I explored this amazing transformation. Thanks for making the effort to bring this beauty to the show. Truly Inspirational. Merci.

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